Tuesday, July 22, 2014

An Ode to Coffee - MATS Bootcamp Month 5

For the final assignment in Lilla Rogers' Bootcamp, she instructed us to create a piece of art, for ourselves or a friend, that showcased our favorite beverage. She wanted it to be a personal piece, something we would hang in our homes. She encouraged any (and every) medium.

I'm not going to lie. This was tough for me. I love coffee, but would I hang a coffee painting in my house? This got me thinking about vintage posters—I would definitely hang a vintage beverage poster in my house. So that became my inspiration.

I love the way coffee smells when it's brewing. I love it really, really hot. I love holding a warm mug in my hands, especially in the winter. I love the feel, color and shape of those little roasted beans. Burlap bags, clinking spoons, tall mugs...

I settled on the image above for the gallery, but made a couple of other simple compositions as well. And below are snapshots of some of my explorations along the way.

So cheers to Lilla for another amazing class! I raise my coffee cup to you and all my talented classmates!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Minted Challenge

I'm back at it with another Minted challenge. Kids Art Prints. I had so many ideas I wanted to execute, but once again I was pressed for time—family visiting for the holiday. I did manage to sneak a few designs in under the deadline, so pop on over and vote for me and all the other creative submissions!

Vote for rise & shine here

Vote for up, up & away here
Vote for I love you here